In which I talk about stalking tweeting celebrities.

Yesterday I was busy at work. Busy in such a way, that I was reading the Daily Mail. (I’d already been busy checking Facebook and Twitter, looking for a holiday and playing Bejeweled Blitz.)

I pretty much read the paper from start to finish (apart from sports. Even though I like running, the only sport I really watch is WWE. Yes, I know it’s fake.)

Anyway, each day in the Daily Mail they have an anagram sent in by a reader. Todays was by a bloke called Tony. (Not Ironman Tony)

Bet it took him ages!

I thought nothing more of it until I was busy at work, on Twitter again. The newest tweet on my Twitter feed was by Ricky Gervais. ‘Hang about!’ Said a voice in my head. ‘Someone mentioned something of his in the paper!’ ‘Yes they did!’ Said the other voice in my head. (Bit crowded in there.) ‘You should take a picture and send it to him!” (Not sure which voice that was. Might’ve been a new one.) I took a picture of it (the one up there ^) and sent it in a tweet to Ricky Gervais. Now the thing about Ricky Gervais is that on Twitter he has just under 3.5 MILLION followers. Even if only 10% of them send him a message, that’s still… a…….. lot of messages… so getting a reply is impossible.

NEARLY impossible…


I was chuffed! I got busy at work telling Facebook and Twitter and everything. I messaged Sarah and told her and she replied ‘I bet you’re chuffed!’ And she was right, because I was! As the day went on, I started thinking more and more about Twitter and things. For me, getting a Tweet is like when people used to go Autograph hunting but without having to wait out in the rain, or having to go out at all really. They’re both quite similar, you have to have good timing to get a reply.

So far on Twitter I’ve had replies from quite a few famous people. Click on their name if you don’t know who they are, links open in a new window:

Dave Gorman (sending him something that was in the Daily Mail as it happens!)

Danny Wallace (he sent ‘haha!’ to a joke I sent once, and another time ended his reply with a kiss. Bit odd, that’n…)

Martin Roberts from Homes Under the Hammer (He actually hijacked a Tweet I’d sent to Dave Gorman about a song on Homes Under the Hammer)

Neil Gaiman (Quite a few from him, once asked him a question about a characters name in Neverwhere because I was too lazy to get out of bed and look in the actual book.)

Mick Foley (The Wrestler, sent me an actual message on Twitter)

William Regal (The Wrestler, replied with ‘No.’)

Lucy Jo Hudson (We were talking at home about when Wild At Heart will be back on, so I tweeted her and she told me.)

Brian Baumgartner (From the US version of The Office. Not the space jump bloke. Look at that! Ricky Gervais said the space jump quote, the bloke that did the space jump shares his surname with an actor in the US Office, written (originally) and produced by Ricky Gervais! How odd!)

And…. I think that’s all!

Thinking about how chuffed I was, I started thinking about the person who wrote the anagram that caused me to get a reply from Ricky Gervais, and I was thinking that he’d be chuffed to learn that his anagram had been seen by the person who (whom?) it was about. Unfortunately, I’d already thrown away the Newspaper and covered it in left over food. (Not a ritual, just happened that way.) Ah well, I thought, nevermind. But wait! I took a picture! And it has his name on it!

Back on the computer, I found an email address for the Daily Mail and explained about taking a picture and tweeting it to Ricky Gervais, and asked if they could forward it on for me.

Today, I got this email:

Hi Marc,

As you can see, the Daily Mail forwarded your email to me.

Wow, thanks for sending my anagram to Ricky! I do feel a bit guilty about calling him 'chronically irritating' but he seems to have taken it all in good part! His original tweet was, in my opinion, one of the most powerful comments I'veever seen and I'm pleased that he has such a huge following on the Twitter community to deliver his message to. As he says, 'Changing the world one person at a time.' That's what it's all about.

Thanks for taking the trouble to write to the Mail and I do indeed appreciate knowing that Ricky Gervais himself has 
seen my anagram.



All in all, not a bad couple of days.

Running the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on Sunday, followed by my very own Stag Do in York. Might be a few days before I managed to write a coherent race recap… Good Luck to everyone running, and good luck to everyone coming on my Stag Do!

In other news, myself and Sarah had been expecting for a while, and last week he finally arrived. His name is Indy (Short for Indiana, as in Jones)


He’s a Bengal crossed with a British Short Hair. He makes a ‘coo-ing’ noise and likes to sleep. 12 Weeks old.

A Plea For Sponsorship + Injury Worries (2 for 1 Blog today!)

You buy one, you get one free, I say you buy one, you get one free!

My blog today is firstly about sponsorship, and then talking about injury worries. Hang on… I covered that already with the title… Don’t go skipping the begging bit though! It’s not like those TV adverts where you can just turn over, or turn the sound down, or throw a cake at the screen. Not at all.

Sponsorship Begging Plea 

WARNING! There is going to be lots of capitals, exclamation marks, bold typeface, and pictures of puppies WARNING!

The above link is for my sponsorship page, as you can see (if you clicked. CLICK IT!) my target is £300.00. That is, I want to raise AT LEAST £300.00 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity. The entire cost for the lifetime of a Guide Dog, from being trained as a puppy up until it retires (and becomes a Watch Dog. Golden Watch for retiring and it’s a dog… Nevermind) the TOTAL cost for the training/feeding/equipment/dentasticks is £49’800.

This is how much a Guide Dog costs

£49’800. That’s more than I earn in a whole month! To put my target into perspective, if I raised my target of £300.00 I would have to run the Great North Run 166 times to fund JUST ONE DOG! As the Great North Run is once a year, I don’t think I’ll live long enough to do that, so I need help with sponsors.

Is this cute puppy making you want to sponsor?

If you don’t want to sign up to Just Giving, because who likes filling out forms? You can send a quick and easy text from anywhere in the world (I think) using a free service from Vodafone. You don’t even have to be on Vodafone to donate.

You text 70070 from your mobile followed by code HATB61 followed by amount you want to donate in GBP (£). You can donate 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 this way. So for example, to donate £3.00 you’d text:

To: 70070
HATB61 £3

Easy as that! And quick! Quick and easy! As that!

I am so so happy for every single pound that I receive that sometimes I do a little dance in my chair. Join in, and make me dance.

So far I’ve had donations from family and friends (thanks Mum, Sarah’s Parents Susan and Ironman Tony, Duffman, Sheena & Leon, Tikka John, Vicky, Anna, Steven + Paula + Alex, Charlotte, Duffmans Claire, and Jeanette) but also donations from people I know on Facebook but have never met (Andrea, Lesley, Emma), someone I know on Facebook and have met once (Neil), someone who lives in Hawaii who I’ve never met, and I only know because he shares my name (Marc…obviously), and someone who donated because he likes my blog (Keith). Blown away by the generosity of strangers!

Please, please, please, even if it’s just a pound, send it!


(This is not the last of my begging.)

Injury Worries

On the 19th August I ran the Birchwood 10k (You know this, you read my blog and you chuckled.) Since that day, my left foot has been hurting. The first few days it was painful to stand up for a long period of time, since then it’s eased off a bit but still sore when standing for any amount of time.

I’ve had a look on the internet (never a good idea when injured/ill, normally turns out you’re dead) and it seems that it’s a complaint called Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced fa-shee-eye-tiss) and seems to be caused by bad running posture. I didn’t have this problem with the other 10k I did so I’m wondering what went wrong. I didn’t even notice it was hurting until I got home and went out again. (An hour after the run) so I’m thinking maybe I should’ve stretched a bit after the run.

Here is the worry. On Sunday, I have another 10k run. (The Great Yorkshire 10k) and haven’t done ANY running or exercise for two weeks because of the pain in my foot. Further than that, the Great North Run is in two weeks time, and I don’t want to re-aggravate the injury this weekend so will have to take it slow and steady. Does anyone know a good cure/something to help? Do I use ice or heat? I’m hoping my blog update about the Great Yorkshire 10k on Sunday/Monday will be a nice upbeat one about needless worrying, and not about trips to the doctors…

One more thing:

Another cute puppy to get your sponsors! Aww, bless it!